Botany and Ecology
Botany and Ecology

Botany and Ecology

Our current selection of Botany and Ecology classes and workshops for adults for this season at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.


Bigelow Café Sci at CMBG: Maine Sea Vegetables - Past, Present, and Future

with Bob Steneck, Shep Erhart, Seth Barker, and Tollef Olsen
Friday, October 13
5 – 6 p.m.
Co-Sponsored with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

A panel of four acclaimed speakers, marine naturalists, aquaculturists, wild-harvesters, and chefs will join us for a Café Sci at the Gardens. The panelists will share their passion and knowledge about the past, present, and future of edible sea vegetables in Maine. All are welcome at this free event.


The Ocean Garden: From Shore to Table
Join us for a weekend event celebrating Maine’s native superfood: sea vegetables! Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences team up to offer two informative events focusing on local sea vegetable aquaculture and wild foraging. Learn from Maine’s own experts about this growing industry, as well methods to identify, gather, and prepare delicious sea vegetable dishes on your own.


Foraging for Maine Sea Vegetables

with Nichole Price and Tollef Olsen
Saturday, October 14
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
At Shimmield Hall, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay
Co-Sponsored with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Learn to identify and harvest sea vegetables at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The morning portion of the workshop will be offered in a classroom setting; in the afternoon, the class will head out into the field along the shores of Ocean Point in East Boothbay to forage for wild seaweeds. Included in the course are lunch and a cooking demonstration with Tollef Olsen, sea vegetable chef and president of Ocean’s Balance, highlighting delectable, approachable ways to include nutritious sea vegetables into your diet!


The Ocean Garden: From Shore to Table
Join us for a weekend event celebrating Maine’s native superfood: sea vegetables! Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences team up to offer two informative events focusing on local sea vegetable aquaculture and wild foraging. Learn from Maine’s own experts about this growing industry, as well methods to identify, gather, and prepare delicious sea vegetable dishes on your own.